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#MakeItRain – CA State Minimum Wage Increased on January 1, 2017

August 20, 2018 – Great news for employees. Not so great for employers. Effective January 1, 2017, the California minimum wage increased from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Although it doesn’t seem like much and it definitely isn’t enough to run out and buy a Ferrari, it did boost the earnings of about 11 percent of the workforce.

Even better news – the minimum wage will continue to increase annually and it will ultimately increase to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022. This increase in the minimum wage will also apply to employers with 25 or fewer employees, but will be delayed by one year, as it will begin increasing from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2023.

Also, cities and counties can enact their own minimum wage rates. In fact, several cities and counties have already adopted ordinances that establish a higher minimum wage rate for employees working within their local jurisdiction. But let’s not all move to those cities at once.

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